By Will Butcher
Garry Monk has declared that he wants to make Elland Road a “fortress” ahead of Leeds’ Yorkshire derby against Barnsley on Saturday.
The 37-year-old boss is desperate to return to winning ways after the Yorkshire giants’ streak of four straight wins was halted by Bristol City on Tuesday night.
But Monk believes the crowd can play their part in lifting the players at one of the best supported clubs outside of the top flight.
Speaking ahead of Saturday’s hotly-anticipated encounter, the former Swansea boss was quoted by Yorkshire Evening Post’s Lee Sobot on his personal Twitter account, as saying that the Leeds crowd play “a massive part” and “Ipswich was the best atmosphere I’ve seen.”
Monk on #lufc crowd: "It's a massive part. I have talked about Elland Road being a fortress. Ipswich was the best atmosphere I've seen."
— Lee Sobot (@LeeSobotYEP) September 29, 2016
Leeds beat Ipswich thanks to a Chris Wood goal on Saturday as they moved into the top half of the Championship table for the first time.
The joy was shortlived for Leeds, as Bristol City’s Marlon Pack ended the streak on Tuesday night with a sweetly-timed finish to secure a 1-0 win.
The Yorkshire giants welcomed more than 22,000 fans through the gates at Elland Road last Saturday, and more are expected for the derby this coming weekend.
A win for Leeds could see them return to the top half of the table, but a loss could just as easily see Monk’s side slip towards the Championship relegation zone.
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